FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the usual day for monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. However, due to the President’s Day holiday, surplus food will be distributed on the second Monday, February 8. Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places… The Community Action

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team notched a 50-27 De Anza League victory over Big Bear last night in Trojan Gym. Coach Jess Geeson said Senior Annika Dendekker and sophomore Kiley Pitts led the scoring with 12 points each while sophomore Savannah Beasley added 10 points to the win.

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STATE REVISES LOCAL WATER CONSERVATION GOALS DOWN

Morongo Basin residents will be getting a little break in how much they are mandated by the state to reduce their water usage. The State Water Resources Control Board met Tuesday in Sacramento and extended its emergency drought regulations through October. But the water board also revised the state’s mandated

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REGIONAL WATER BOARD MEETS LOCALLY TONIGHT ON SEPTIC PROHIBITION DEADLINE

Late last year, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board extended the deadline for when Yucca Valley homes and businesses must stop using their septic systems, from 2016 to 2021 for Phase 1, and to 2025 for Phases 2 and 3. Managing editor says the board will hold a workshop

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TOLD, “GIVE SOLAR PROJECT WATER OR THEY WILL DRILL THEIR OWN WELLS”

The Joshua Basin Water District finds itself between a rock and a hard place on providing water for a controversial commercial solar development. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what happened at last night’s board meeting… At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board approved a vendor

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SHERIFF SEEKS FOUR WHO USED STOLEN CREDIT CARD AT YUCCA VALLEY RESTAURANT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying four suspects who used a stolen credit card at a Yucca Valley restaurant Wednesday evening. According to the Sheriff’s Department, two men and two women went into the John’s Place Restaurant in Yucca Valley and tried to buy $45

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NEW YEAR’S EVE ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED

One of the men suspected of robbing the Stater Brothers grocery store on New Year’s Eve was arrested in Riverside County last Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Christian Trujillo, 29, is accused of going in to the “new” Stater Brothers store on the east end of Yucca Valley

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ANOTHER CONEX BOX STOLEN IN JOSHUA TREE

Three Conex storage containers have been stolen in Joshua Tree since mid-December. On Tuesday, the owner of a home in the 62100 block of Two Mile Road called deputies about 4:10 p.m. to report a burglary. While surveying the damage to the home and yard, which included a ransacked home,

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MARKETPLACE YARD SALE IN LANDERS THIS WEEKEND

The Morongo Basin Historical Society has planned a huge marketplace yard sale this weekend. Reporter Rebeca Havely has all the details… This weekend, February 5 and 6, plan to do some shopping in Landers. The Morongo Basin Historical Society has set up a huge yard sale Friday and Saturday from

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A BIG DAY FOR THE KING OF THE HAMMERS TOMORROW

At yesterday’s 4-Wheel Parts qualifying race for the King of the Hammers off-road race, 105 racers qualified. The winner of the race was Jason Scherer of Danville. Tomorrow is the big day at King of the Hammers. The drivers for the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers race start lining

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TOMORROW IS WEAR RED DAY TO BRING AWARENESS ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, with nearly 801,000 deaths in 2013. Hi-Desert Medical Center will participate in a month-long campaign in February to educate the public about cardiovascular disease. Hi-Desert Medical Center will offer a free online risk assessment

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LANDERS CLEAN-UP SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

A great opportunity to join your Landers area neighbors this Saturday for a Community Clean-up. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says bring the trash to Homestead Park… Landers residents will want to mark the calendar for the free Greater Landers Clean Up! set for Saturday, February 6th, from 8 a.m. to noon.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE SIGNS COLLEGE LETTER OF INTENT

More than 100 family members and friends were at Twentynine Palms High School Wednesday as senior Andrew Wilson signed his national letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career with the University of California-Davis. Wilson is receiving a full scholarship to play football for the UC-Davis Aggies, an

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WE MEET MISS YUCCA VALLEY CONTESTANT ALAINA TROFLER

The prestigious Miss Yucca Valle Pageant will be held this Saturday at 6:00 pm at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome. Reporter David Knutson introduces us to candidate Alaina Trofler….. Who is the prominent woman you interviewed, and what did you learn from her? “The prominent woman I interviewed was Wendy Joling.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES

Last night was senior night for the Twentynine Palms high school boys’ basketball team. The Wildcats honored seniors Jimmy Shragge, Demetrius Holmes, Kole Green, Elijah Scipio, Carson Zimarik, Elijah Jones, Kyle Hope, Travaun Morrow, and Andrew Wilson in a 62-45 win over the Shadow Hills Knights. Coach Jeremy Johnson said

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT NEW FIRE STATIONS, FUNDS PARADISE PARK

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session last night. The Council heard about new fire stations and approved park improvements. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting and files this report… Yucca Valley may be getting not one, but two new fire stations in the next five

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER HIT-AND-RUN PURSUIT

A 29-year-old woman was arrested on Interstate-10 after she allegedly hit another car in Yucca Valley and then fled. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Chelsea Headrick of Yucca Valley struck another vehicle that was leaving a business at Sage Avenue and Highway 62 at 6:42 Tuesday morning. The victim told

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ROCK CLIMBER RESCUED BY ANOTHER CLIMBER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A rock climber who fell while climbing in Joshua Tree National Park was rescued by another climber late Tuesday afternoon. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, the climber, identified only as being from Ventura, was on Intersection Rock about sunset when he slipped and fell about 100 feet up,

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A BIG WIN FOR ROOFTOP SOLAR IN CALIFORNIA

Rooftop solar just got a big boost from the state of California. Reporter David Haldane explains… In a big win for rooftop solar in California, the state Public Utilities Commission last week rejected fee increases sought by the big three utility companies. Alison Seel, an attorney with the Sierra Club,

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MARINES PUT SEVERAL LOCAL AND COACHELLA VALLEY BUSINESSES OFF-LIMITS

According to a Marine Corps Combat Center order, several businesses in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and in the Coachella Valley are declared off limits to Marines, “in order to protect [them] from detrimental conditions in the civilian community.” The off-limits businesses include the Adobe Smoke Shop and STC Smoke Shop,

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